Romantic Dress Designs

Luv Bridal & Formal brings the quality and expertise of European design to Australian brides Opening its first store in Slacks Creek, Queensland, in 2009, Luv Bridal & Formal is known for offering stylish International gowns to Australia. With more than 40 years’ experience in the bridal industry, Luv Bridal brings a personal touch to all its gowns, covering all aspects of the process — from conception to creation. Created with the highest European standards in mind, all Luv Bridal designer gowns draw on traditional beauty, style and cutting-edge design and each gown is finished using the finest-quality fabrics, European laces, and exceptional hand beading. “For us, a wedding day should be one of the happiest days of every bride’s life; a treasured memory that always brings joy,” says area manager Liz Vincent. “At Luv Bridal, we genuinely ‘luv’ being a part of creating that happiness, and providing a bridal gown shopping event that is unforgettable.” “All brides are special at Luv Bridal & Formal, and our Bridal Consultants are trained to provide an individual, once-in-a-lifetime experience to help create your wedding vision. Our high standard of customer service is a vital ingredient of our reputation and one that we are renowned for in the bridal industry.” HEADING OUT OF TOWN? You can find a Luv Bridal store in the following locations: Parramatta, NSW Chatswood, NSW Brisbane, Qld Harbour Town, Qld Robina, Qld Perth, WA Melbourne, Vic

Tips for Buying A High Fashion Wedding Gown

Shopping for a wedding dress is a fairytale experience, and never more so than at the new “by appointment” bridal suite at David Jones. Where can you find wedding gowns by Alex Perry, Collette Dinnigan, and Johanna Johnson all in the one room? The bridal suite at David Jones, located at the retailer’s Elizabeth Street store in Sydney, is the only boutique in Australia offering more than 10 of Australia’s top fashion and bridal designers, plus a select few international names, in the one place. As far as wedding dress shopping experiences go, this could very well be the country’s most lavish. Positioned on the exclusive Level Seven of David Jones, the purpose-designed bridal wear space features two oversized dressing rooms, leather sofas for guests, complimentary champagne on arrival, and the option to indulge in cupcakes as you try on a range of luxurious designer gowns. Australian fashion designer Alex Perry says the bridal suite is a must-visit for the busy yet discerning bride. “A lot of brides today are time-poor, so when it comes to having a wedding dress made, many don’t have time to go through the full couture process,” he says. “At David Jones girls can see it, try it on, buy it, and basically walk away knowing exactly what their dress will be like.” Having so many revered designers in the one boutique also cuts down on the travel time of visiting each designer’s studio direct. In any one visit, brides-to-be might try on a floor-length lace gown by Lisa Gowing, an Oscars-worthy silk satin gown by Johanna Johnson, and a romantic appliquéd dress by Akira Isogawa. Then there are the accessories: shoes by Christian Louboutin and jewellery by Peter Lang are just some of the designer labels available. It’s this unique mix of high fashion and bridal — both in what’s available and in the designs themselves — that is luring brides-to-be up to Level Seven for a fairytale fashion experience. The High Fashion Bride Most of the designers for bridal at David Jones walk the line between high fashion and bridalwear, producing gowns that break away from run-of-the-mill designs. “That’s what’s so great about fashion designers that do bridal — such as Collette Dinnigan, Lisa Ho and myself,” says Alex. “We dip into bridal and dip back out. We bring some of that fashion sensibility to our designs.” Alex says his next range of RTW bridal for David Jones, which he is currently working on, will be even more fashion skewed. “We’ll always have the classics — there will always be girls who want to look like Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn — but I’m going to give [my next David Jones range] a more fashion focus with incredible ball gowns that — in a different colour — you might see on the red carpet. I’ll give it the edge that the girls who order my custom gowns want.” The dresses on display at the David Jones bridal suite — between six and 12 per designer — are all ready-to-wear or made-to-order gowns which, after the bride has made hers election, are made and/or altered by in-house tailors to fit. The differences between shopping here and visiting the designers in person come down to price — off-the-rack is more affordable — and convenience. It’s also an ideal option for brides who are having trouble envisaging what they want. “Ready-to-wear is especially good for girls who aren’t great with imagining things,” says Alex. “Some girls are good at visualising what they want, whereas others need to see something; they need a point of reference.” Room with a view One of the most important things to consider when trying on bridal gowns is the quality of the space and fi tting room. It’s difficult to gauge how you really look in a dress when standing in a crammed studio with a small, free-standing mirror and poor lighting. “When you stand right on top of a small mirror, it’s the kiss of death,” says Alex. “When trying on a gown, the space needs to be beautiful, simple, and well-lit, with big mirrors.” The fitting rooms in the David Jones bridal suite are exactly that — spacious with lots of natural light, expansive mirrors, and a central podium to give the bride height for that “ta-da” moment. “It’s a beautiful environment without being too clichéd bridal,” comments Alex. “It has nice big mirrors and a big space where you can stand back and really look at yourself.” Quick Questions Bridal department sales manager Nikkie Nguyen answers your questions: Are bookings necessary? Yes. For weekend appointments you will need to book four to five weeks in advance and for weekdays, one to two weeks in advance. How long are appointments? We understand that choosing the perfect wedding gown needs time and patience and we do not want to rush the process, hence all of our appointments last one-and-a-half hours. How far in advance should I visit? Made-to-order gowns generally have lead times of three and up to six months. What other services are offered other than bridal wear? David Jones offers many other services for the bride. We have the Gift Registry, where the bride and groom can create their complete wedding gift list. Our personal shoppers within our Personal Shopping Service can offer expert knowledge on key brands and trends in fashion for the groomsmen, mother-of-the-bride, and the bridesmaids. Other services include specialised lingerie fittings, hair and makeup trials, beauty treaments and flowers all from David Jones.

The Perfect Vintage Dress

These two lovebirds had a beautiful vintage-inspired family wedding to celebrate their union Couple: Josephine & Nick Location: Doltone House, Sydney Nick and Josephine met at the age of six when they both attended the same primary school. It wasn’t until much later, after they finished high school, that they reconnected and fell in love. “We have been inseparable ever since,” says Josephine. The couple spent only eight months of planning and wed in front of 160 guests at St Peter Chanel Catholic Church in Hunter’s Hill. The bride wore a stunning made-to-measure Louise Alvarez silk satin gown with a silk chiffon circular skirt. The bodice had French corded lace detailing and sat just off the shoulder. “A highlight for me as a bride was working with Louise and her staff. Their beautiful designs made creating my gorgeous gown so easy. They understood my desire for simple elegance and the gown complemented my beautiful bridesmaids in their soft silk dresses. It was a wonderful and positive experience,” says Josephine. The newlyweds and their guests partied the night away at their gorgeous classic vintage-themed reception at Doltone House, Darling Island Wharf. They dined on appetisers of gourmet antipasto, fresh king prawns and smoked salmon; had mains of barramundi and beef medallions; and enjoyed vanilla crème brûlée, trios of chocolate, wild berry compote and amaretti crumble for dessert. Bride's Advice: “The choices available when planning a wedding can be overwhelming, so try to plan a little at a time but enjoy every moment of it.”

Wedding Dresses With Attention to Detail

With a magnificent new showroom and a beautiful selection of gowns to choose from, Bridal Secrets offers a unique shopping experience Bridal Secrets has been operating in the bridal market for the last seven years and prides itself on its dedication to the industry. Headed by Shirley, Bridal Secrets specialises in offering brides a unique experience when it comes to selecting their wedding gown. Shirley, who has ample training and experience under her belt, studied fashion design specialising in bridalwear and subsequently worked under world-renowned fashion designer Maggie Sottero. After 10 years working closely with Maggie, Shirley decided to branch off into her own ventures setting up a store in Sydney’s west. Shirley brings her years of experience to Australian brides-to-be. Shirley's aim is to make couture-like styles available to brides at affordable prices. The dress-shopping experience is a unique one at Bridal Secrets’ new store, which can be found in a heritage church in Parramatta. “We have recently moved to our new showroom,” says Shirley, “which is one of the most extravagant showrooms there is here in Australia. Brides get to make one of the most important decisions in a friendly and luxurious place. We offer brides a unique experience in choosing their wedding gown, as we have world-renowned designers under the one roof in a lavish showroom. We offer the bride and her bridesmaids the complete package —accessories, veils and shoes.” CWS caught up with Shirley to find out what she feels are the most exciting new trends and what advice she offers brides. “I’ve noticed lots of vintage styles recently and lace is very in. I think fit and flair would be the most popular shape at the moment and embellished beading is also a trend. For brides-to-be, beware of buying your special gown online as some sites are not what they seem. And, lastly, when shopping for the dream dress, make sure to keep an open mind!”

International designers for your elegant wedding dress is a fabulous and stunning option that you may wish to consider. It's always a beautiful idea to be a little different and you'll leave your guests bowled over by the absolute beauty of that international designer influence that your dress will radiate! We, at bridescollective.com love the international designers that are exploding onto the wedding scene at the moment and it looks like many of them are here to stay! Yet who are these international designers that are creating these globally beautiful wedding dresses?

  • FRANCESCA MIRANDA : International Designer South America
    Loving everything that is beaded bodices and adding a wonderful dash of lace, Francesca Miranda is the Colombian international designer of wedding dresses that is taking South America by storm. Her designs are crammed full of flowing elegance and grace, they are sophisticated and streamlined yet intricate and innovative.
  • ROSA CLARA : International Designer Spain
    For anyone searching for demure and serene, Rosa Clarà oozes simplicity and international designer chic. She produces a look that's humble and unassuming yet incredibly luxurious and sleek. Rosa Clarà is, without question, the international designer to watch out for!
  • JENNY PACKHAM : International Designer UK
    On the independent international designer circuit, Jenny Packham has to be the UK's number one favorites. Offering delightfully contemporary wedding gowns that are not only cutting edge but also exquisite, she's the international designer that can provide you with wedding dress seventh heaven.
  • MAGGIE SOTERRO : International Designer USA
    For a no fuss international designer, Maggie Soterro dresses simply radiate all that is romance. She provides her international designer wedding dresses with as much charm and tradition as you could possibly wish for whilst beautifully blending some contemporary and modern twists.
  • VERA WANG : International Designer USA
    If you are on the search for an international designer that can give you some true wedding dress red carpet glamour, then Vera Wang is the international designer that you'll need. Vera wang is that international designer that's worked with them all and she can provide you with that international designer wedding dress dream that will be the icing on that cake! International designers are perfect for providing a touch of elegant mystery and luxury to your wedding dress. You'll be guaranteed something that's got that beautiful edge and a stunningly beautiful international designer look!